Two DWI Arrests Early Saturday

Sag Harbor Village police made one arrest on drunken driving charges early Saturday, as did the East Hampton Town police.

Sag Harbor police arrested a resident of the village on two misdemeanor charges early Saturday morning. According to the police, Richard Decker, 54, was driving a Dodge Ram pickup when he blew through the stop sign at the intersection of Division and Bay Streets, leading to a traffic stop. The arresting officer said Decker smelled of alcohol and failed sobriety tests. After being taken to police headquarters, about 50 yards from where he was stopped, Decker allegedly refused a breath test, leading Sag Harbor Justice Lisa Rana to suspend his license.

Whether that suspension should last a full year will be decided at a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles, which was scheduled for Wednesday, July 11. Decker’s license was suspended late last year for failing to pay a fine, leading to the second misdemeanor charge. Decker, a personal trainer, was released without bail, due to his strong ties to the community.

East Hampton Town police arrested a Fall River, MA, resident at about 2:30 Saturday morning in downtown Montauk. Police said Kevin Verissimo, 35, driving a 2011 Jeep, ran the stop sign at South Edison and Montauk Highway, leading to the stop and his arrest. “We started drinking at Ruschmeyer’s around seven, eight o’clock,” he is quoted as telling the arresting officer.

When asked to take a breath test, he allegedly responded, “If I were to blow, I would be over, honestly.” He, too, has a refusal hearing at DMV scheduled for Wednesday. He was released after being arraigned on the misdemeanor charge later that morning when he posted $300 bail.

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